Donald Trump is desperate after one of the worst weeks ever. His poll numbers are sinking in the face of his failed leadership during COVID-19 that has led to skyrocketing unemployment rates, his disastrous first campaign rally ended in utter embarrassment, and two Supreme Court cases failed to go his way. How does one rekindle the racist magic of 2016 when Trump drew massive crowds and led chants of “build the wall”?
If you’re Trump, you attack black people. It’s that simple.
In an appearance on Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s show, Trump called the Black Lives Matter movement a “terrorist” organization. At a moment of heightened civil unrest at levels not seen since the 1960s, Trump attacked a movement dedicated to protecting the lives of black Americans, a group who is disproportionately singled out for police brutality which many times leads to the murder of black men and women.
According to The Daily Beast, Trump said:
‘Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher. At some point there is going to be retribution because there has to be…These people are vandals. But they’re agitators, but they’re really, they’re terrorists in a sense.’
Trump has made a very big deal about a statement made by Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, in a Fox News interview. Insisting that Newsome had committed “treason” with his statements about reforming the system that kills black Americans, Trump promised to charge him with sedition (which is no longer a crime) and insurrection.
In an interview on Fox News, Newsome said:
‘If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. I could be speaking figuratively, I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.’
Trump is ignoring the history of this country with his criticism. When Americans feel threatened, the history shows that we have spoken out, marched, protested, rioted, and in many cases, gone to war. Newsome noted this by mentioning the American Revolution and the many wars since, which continue today, that are part of America’s history.
‘This country is built upon violence. We go in and we blow up countries and we replace their leaders with leaders who we like. So for any American to accuse us of being violent, it’s extremely hypocritical.’
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